Jul. 27, 2012 by Pat Tully
Welcome to Wesleyan University! Here are some links to useful pages about library resources and services.
Q: What libraries make up Wesleyan University Library?
Wesleyan University Library is made up of three libraries. Olin Library is the main campus library, on Church Street between Clark Hall and the Public Affairs Center (commonly known as the PAC). It houses collections in the humanities and social sciences, Scores & Recordings and the World Music Archives, and Special Collections & Archives. The Reserve Desk and Office and Interlibrary Loan Office are also in Olin.
The Art Library is in the Davison Art Center at 301 High Street. It contains collections in art, architecture and photography. Reserve services for most art classes are also provided in the Art Library. Susanne Javorski is the Art Librarian.
The Science Library (commonly known as SciLi, pronounced sci’li) is in the Exley Science Center at 265 Church Street. It contains collections in the sciences. It also houses the DVD collection and compact storage on the ground floor with print science journals and older materials in all subject areas. Andrew Klein is the Science Librarian.
Q: How do I get to the library’s website?
Just go to: http://www.wesleyan.edu/library/. The library’s website has links to our online catalog, online indexes and databases, available journals, reference sources, and other information and services.
Q: Where can I go for a detailed list of library services and information for students?
If you are an undergraduate, go to: http://www.wesleyan.edu/library/services/undergraduates.html
If you are a graduate student, go to: http://www.wesleyan.edu/library/services/graduates.html
Q: What is the ‘My Personal Librarian’ link in my portfolio?
Each incoming first-year and transfer student is assigned their own personal librarian to answer questions about library services and resources.
Your personal librarian will be able to help you navigate the catalog so you can find books, journal articles, and even DVDs. They can also point you in the direction of a librarian subject specialist, who can meet with you regarding a specific assignment using the library’s Personal Research Session service.
To find out who your personal librarian is, including information on how to contact him or her, just go into your student portfolio and look for the ‘My Personal Librarian’ link under “Library Services.” It’s that simple!
Q: How do I get to material that is on reserve for my class?
The library provides both physical and electronic reserves, available shortly before classes start. To find print or other physical materials on reserve for your class, go to the Course Reserve search page. You can search by instructor, course number, or course name. Most physical reserve items are available at the Olin Library Reserve Desk on the first floor. The Art Library has some reserve material for courses in the arts.
To find materials on electronic reserve, go to the E-Res page. Again, you can search by instructor, course number, or course name. Once you have entered the password your instructor gives you, you will come to a list of links to materials on electronic reserve.
Q: What kinds of primary sources are available at Wesleyan?
Wesleyan has a rich Special Collections & Archives department, including rare books, manuscript collections, university archives, and local history materials. These collections are frequently used by faculty across the disciplines for academic research and as integral parts of their course curricula. SC&A has a website that describes some of the holdings: http://www.wesleyan.edu/library/schome/ and the staff are glad to answer any questions you might have about your research needs or class visits. Contact them at email@example.com or call (860) 685-3864.
Q: Where can I find information about Wesleyan’s collections of images, video and audio recordings?
The Other tab on the library’s web site has links to information about many collections, including images, video, audio, data, archives, and WesScholar, the online archive to the work of Wesleyan faculty and students. Many academic departments have departmental collections some of which are searchable using the Departmental Collections catalog.
Q: What help does the library offer in finding and using research sources for papers and projects?
You can sign up for a Personal Research Session (PRS for short) with a librarian, who will work with you to find appropriate resources for your assignment. Online Subject and Research Guides are also available with links to online resources specific to each discipline.
Q: How do I look for books in the library?
Caleb, the Wesleyan University Library catalog, is the place to start. In Caleb, you can do a search by title, author, subject or a keyword search that will search all these at once. Once you’ve found the book you want, write down the location and call number. (If you have a smartphone, you can also text yourself the call number using the Text me this Call Number link on the right side of the screen.)
– To do a catalog search from your smartphone, go to our mobile catalog.
Q: The library doesn’t have the article or book I need. How do I get material through interlibrary loan (ILL)?
To sign up for an ILL account, go to: https://wesleyan.hosts.atlas-sys.com/illiad/FirstTime.html
After filling out a brief form you will have an Illiad account and be able to submit online requests for materials that the library does not provide access to locally. You will be notified when the item is available.
Q: What is the CTW Consortium?
The CTW Consortium consists of Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University, all liberal arts schools in Connecticut. The libraries share an online catalog and collaborate on a number of system and collection-related initiatives. We also share our collections, and students and faculty can request materials from other libraries in the consortium, which are shipped in 1-2 business days. To do a search in the CTW catalog, go to: http://ctwsearch.wesleyan.edu/vufind/
If Connecticut or Trinity have an item and Wesleyan does not, you can request the item by clicking on the Make a Request link in the record for the item.
Q: How can I access online resources when I’m not in the library?
Students, faculty and current Wesleyan staff can get to most of the library’s electronic resources through the Wesleyan proxy server, by entering their Wesleyan email user name and password.
Q: How can I keep up with library news—changes in hours, improved services, new resources, and library events and exhibits?
You can find out what is going on at the library in a variety of ways. WesLibNews is the library’s Twitter feed; we also have a Facebook page. You can check the Of Note section of the library’s web page. Or you can call us at 860-685-2660 or send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to meeting and working with you. Best wishes for the coming year!